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Gathering of griots

Some of the big names in Barbados’ literary sphere came together on Saturday evening on the terrace of the Frank Collymore Hall.

Acclaimed poet Dorothea Smartt, chatting after the awards ceremony.

The conversation was light and laughter floated on the air as poets, playwrights, novelists, writers, actors and actresses, friends and relatives and those who appreciate art chatted after the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment 15th Annual Awards Ceremony.

At the start of the event, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Harold Codrington, said the bank was proud of the work of the Endowment as it had done “much to unearth and support the creative talents of our writers”.

“The competition has attracted both emerging and established writers, among them the celebrated Kamau Brathwaite. The members of the Endowment must be saluted for their dedication to the task of developing the literary arts,” he said.

Codrington also told the audience that included Governor Dr. Delisle Worrell, his wife Monica, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Ernesta Drakes, and Collymore’s widow, Ellice Collymore, that the Bank was also pleased by the level of interest that continued to be shown in the literary endowment.

The Ceremony was held in the Grand Salle of the Tom Adams Financial Centre in the City.

The Endowment, which was established in 1998, was the brainchild of former Governor Winston Cox who was Codrington recognised for his foresight in doing so. (DS)

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